The Importance of Agur Lake Camp
The chance to be up close and personal with nature is something we all treasure: To touch the trunk of a mighty pine or slim aspen. To be close enough to see inside a bird’s nest. To be surrounded by trees and mountains with scarcely a hint of civilization anywhere near. Those are memory-making experiences with potential to be an ideal vacation.
But for families with a member with special needs this is often just a dream. There are very few places in Canada where such a family can go and find both the indoors and the outdoors totally accessible to all their members. Agur Lake Camp is being built to provide families like that with a barrier–free option.
Background: The Agur Lake Camp Society was established in 2002 for the purpose of creating a mountain wilderness camp for the use of families who have members with special needs who cannot otherwise enjoy the serenity and enjoyment of nature in our BC mountains. The Society has acquired the long–term lease of 53 acres of land on Agur Lake, fifteen kilometres west of Summerland. This property will be developed so that individuals with a variety of disabilities can enjoy moving freely about on trails and using barrier–free accommodation, with their families.
Present situation: A well–maintained gravel road gives access to the property. A barrier–free washroom has been built. Two wells have been drilled and will supply abundant water for future development. A portable floating dock has been donated. Picnic tables and an undeveloped meadow area are used now for special events.
Proposed development: The next step in development is to provide trails so that day use of the camp can begin without waiting for buildings to be put up. Eventually there will be cabins and a pavilion. But for now we want to provide trails through the acres and acres of pines and aspens, and trails down to the dock and out on the spit of land that divides the lake in two. There people with disabilities will be able to wander safely and without barriers, encountering nature more closely than they have ever done before.